As a children’s minister, your first year in the position can be both exciting and overwhelming. You have the opportunity to impact the lives of young children and their families, but the responsibility of leading kids to Jesus can be weighty. You want to do it right because communicating God’s love to kids is life-changing […]
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A myriad of qualities are needed when it comes to running a children’s ministry, but these five are key. 1. Great Leaders are In Love with Jesus. It might seem obvious that someone leading children and their families should be in love with Jesus, but we can’t take this quality for granted. It can become easy to fill our time doing things for Jesus and miss out on being with Jesus. If we desire to lead well, we must lead from a place of love. We need to know how deeply Jesus loves us and reflect that love toward those we lead.
Building relationships with families can be tough when we are only seeing kids, parents, and caretakers about once a month.
We can blame COVID, club sports, or summertime schedules, but the bottom line is the same – there are kids and families who just aren’t as consistent at church as we would like.
So, what can we do about it?
This article will help you think of new ways to reach the inconsistent family so they feel connected and you have a game plan for when they visit.
“It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” John 13:1 Today on Good Friday, as communities of believers, we gather to reflect on
Ministry can be challenging work. There is always a lot to manage. Despite our best intentions, we can find ourselves tired, depleted, and overwhelmed. If you’re in this spot, we want this article to be an encouragement to you. When we don’t find the right rhythms, keep boundaries, or have people to go with us, ministry can knock us down or, unfortunately, take us out.
If you’re new to children’s ministry you might be wondering: What do I do first? You’ve either received training or been handed a ministry handbook and are now left to put on a ministry to kids, whether you have done it before or not. And if you’re brand new, you might feel a little overwhelmed.
If you’re like me, you’ve worked in environments where your ministry is in a silo. Each one is working for the mission but has little to do with the other’s plans, goals, or dreams. However, the best churches, the communities that value every person – kids from birth to 101, do their best to find connections from one ministry age group to the next. Collaboration between ministries is the best way to achieve a greater long-term impact in the lives of the kids and families you serve.
There is something about ministry that can leave us feeling like there are fewer hours from one week to the next: events, midweeks, meetings, discipleship, programs, curriculum, and Sundays. And just when you think you’ve got a rhythm figured out, you find your week upended and wonder how you’re chasing the clock again. Time management in ministry can be tricky, to say the least. And setting boundaries can lead us to feel some discomfort, self-doubt, and worry about whether things will get done between Sundays (or done to your liking, but that’s a different article about different boundaries). It can also leave us uncertain about where to draw the line between working and serving, or if there is a line at all. That’s why we need to learn to set boundaries, maintain balance, use discernment, and create habits that last.
Relationships, connection, and community are some of the biggest needs with our families today. Creating a solid relationship foundation with the parents in our ministries is key in setting families up for success when it comes to Spiritual Formation. How do you plan on building a relationship with them? Here are some practices to try.
Coaching is a newer practice in the social sciences and has taken off in the business sector as well as for personal growth. Its focus is on the future results or outcomes that a person wants to achieve. So many leaders feel stuck, and uncertain about their next steps. A coach helps a person with